listening to May 30 – June 1, 2012

Some thoughts: I first heard Masabumi Kikuchi on Paul Motian’s Live at the Village Vanguard last year. Caught my ear like no other pianist in recent memory. Why have I never heard of this guy? A little research found some mp3 files of a 1972 album Hollow Out with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Gene Perla. WTF? Why isn’t this in print? Anything with Elvin should be in print!

A New York Times article got me even more excited about the new Kikuchi release on ECM with Motians last recording session. Now that I’ve had a few listens, I don’t know what to think. This is a real low key affair.

Good to hear the Motian Trio again, I’d kinda burned myself out on this group, especially after his death last Fall. Too much of a good thing, including the Memorial broadcasts on WKCR. This group has my favorite playing by guitarist Bill Frisell. This is one of the leading Jazz trios of the last 25 years, I was shocked to hear Motian saying that it had run it’s course, only for him to pass a few months later. It wasn’t the group, he knew he wouldn’t be around much longer. RIP.

When I first started listening to Miles Davis many years ago, I fell in love with the sound of his horn. The man really knew how to deliver a note that says so much. I’m getting that old feeling again.

Masabumi Kikuchi –  Hollow Out (Philips Japan)
Masabumi Kikuchi –  Sunrise (ECM)
Cecil Taylor Unit – Dark To Themselves (Enja)
Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven (Columbia)
Miles Davis – ’58 Sessions (Columbia)
Miles Davis – Big Fun (Columbia)
Lee Morgan – Search for a New Land (Blue Note)
Paul Motian Trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano – Bill Evans (Winter & Winter)
Paul Motian – Live at the Village Vanguard Vol. II (Winter & Winter)

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog.

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